Tuesday, September 21, 2010

America’s 10 greatest indie record stores


Via Flavorpill. Read it here...

" A few weeks ago, we published our list of the country’s top 10 bookstores, a response to those who browse but don’t buy and those who would abandon paperbacks and hardcovers for the realm of eBooks. It generated so much discussion it inspired us to put together another roundup of shops for culture vultures: America’s best independent music stores.

" Although, in general, they seem to be doing much better than their chain competitors in this era of declining CD sales and renewed interest in vinyl records, legendary outlets still go out of business all the time — like, most recently, beloved NY and LA hip-hop destination Fat Beats.

" This list isn’t just our opinion: It’s the result of recommendations from Flavorpill staff and readers (who weighed in via Facebook). Add to our celebration of indie music stores around the country by leaving your picks in the comments."

Push your barrow


Portishead's Geoff Barrow has a new album out December 7, via Invada/Stonesthrow. It's a collaboration between Barrow's 3 piece band Beak and a singer named Anika.  It's labelled as "political, trashy, dub, punk, funk..."

"Political Journalist isn't a credential we usually have in musician's bios, but this is exactly what Anika was doing while living between Berlin and Bristol earlier this year when she met Geoff Barrow. The producer was looking for a new singer to work with his band Beak>, and it was immediately clear they shared the same musical vision, including a love of punk, dub and 60s girl groups."

Read more about it on the Stonesthrow site, and go there to download an MP3 of the tune below.

Anika - Yang Yang by stonesthrow

The Warehouse drive a hard bargain

I bought some DVDs at The Warehouse at the weekend, and the cashier made me open the cases and check the DVDs for scratches, as she told me they no longer give refunds for them. I thought this was a bit odd, but it got even odder when she gave me the till docket. On it was printed the message that The Warehouse no longer give refunds or exchanges on DVDs/CDs because of the Copyright Act. No mention of exchanges if the disc was faulty.

It seems from the docket that they are trying to opt out of their obligations to consumers under the Consumer Guarantee Act. I asked on Twitter if anyone knew if this was legal, and got several opinions which suggest this approach by The Warehouse is clearly wrong. Lawyer Rick Shera (@lawgeeknz) told me that "Consumer Guarantees Act will override Copyright Act but TW may be responding to licensing terms by Big Music". The folks at Ampilfier sent me this, which "outlines what's not covered by the Consumer Guarantees Act http://tinyurl.com/2fczpvn."

I phoned up The Warehouse to ask them about how this worked, and were they using the Copyright act over the CGA. The person I spoke with directed me to their Returns policy online, which says...

 "Restrictions and exceptions resulting from New Zealand Copyright laws and health and safety issues mean a refund or exchange is only available for the following products if that product is defective:


Music CDs / DVDs / PC Software / Gaming Console Software / Underwear / Earrings

If a product is deemed unsatisfactory, we can offer to exchange it for another one (ie: a different colour or size) or another product for the same value."

Does anyone know exactly HOW NZ copyright laws affect this?


UPDATE 1 (Wednesday 22nd, 10.20am): I emailed The Warehouse last night, asking several questions about the above, after checking the till docket.

I asked...

"1 Why are your staff being instructed to inform customers they will not get a refund, and being made to check the discs? Clearly, if the faulty is on the disc manufacture, that wont be visible til you watch it.

2. What part/s of NZ copyright laws are you referring to in your returns policy and on your till dockets? I see on the back of the docket is a generic message regarding refunds, which alludes to Copyright infringement product as being excluded from refunds. What does this mean?

3. Will you please look at changing your till dockets to read "As a result of copyright laws, product such as CDs, DVD/VCR, gaming software , PC software are NOT refundable or exchangable unless defective?" (last two words added)."

The Warehouse replied to my email at 10am this morning - with a blank email. I'm hoping their next response is more detailed.

UPDATE II (Wednesday 22nd, 9.50 pm):
I got an email back from The Warehouse this afternoon - excerpted below.

They say that "The cashier has asked you to check the disk prior to purchase to make sure you are happy that disk is not damaged/scratched or the incorrect disk and it is not so The Warehouse will not return due to a manufacturing fault on the disks .

"The Warehouse will not refund or replace DVD’s or CD’s IF customers change their minds as this is a breach of the copyright act as customers had in the past, purchased disks, burnt copies and then returned for a refund and due to Copyright laws, we are legally not able to refund or replace disks that are not faulty where a customer has just bought back when the disk is in fact not faulty and any return of DVD’s or Cd’s is at the store managers discretion.

"On the docket, we are not trying to opt out of the Consumers Guarantee act and as stated on the docket :

Restrictions and Exceptions:
Any product covered by warranty
Hygiene product
Copyright infringement product
Unless faulty or defective."

They also pointed to their returns policy on their website, adding that "these products are still guaranteed under the Consumer Guarantees Act."

"The returns policy clearly does state that we will not refund a DVD or a CD UNLESS it is defective or faulty and this is in accordance with the Consumers Guarantee Act.

"Please note that you can contact any of our store managers in regards to a faulty product for a repair (if under warranty) replacement or refund.

"Our team members are not instructed to inform customers will not get a refund if a DVD or CD is defective. This was one team member who obviously communicated to you in a way that was not in accordance to The Warehouse policy on returns and if you care to advise which store you purchased your disks from and the team members name, we can address this with the manager of that store.

"You are not made to check the disks but it is a courtesy we do expect our team members to do in order for the customer to see if there is any damage externally to the disks and to make sure it is the disk the customer is wishing to purchase and the wrong disk is not in the case.

"In regards to the New Zealand Copyright laws, please find attached a copy of the Copyright laws in New Zealand [it was a 5 page introduction to copyright from the Copyright Council of NZ, dated Jan 2009] and as per that introduction to Copyright laws the following is an excerpt from there:-

"Owners of copyright in films, sound recordings, and communication works have the exclusive right to:
• copy their material;
• issue copies to the public for the first time, by sale or otherwise;
• in the case of sound recordings and films, rent copies to the public;
• play or show their material in public; and
• communicate their material to the public.

"This means the owner of the Copyright has exclusive right to copy their material and as such customers who purchase disks with the sole reason to copy that work are in breach of the Copyright laws.

"I have passed on your feedback in regards to the docket wording to the relevant department."

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Go bang

Video from last week's Great Blend (blogged previously here)  - Russell Brown interviews Simon Grigg. Read Simon's thoughts on the event here.



Clap your hands



One of the musical projects I've been working on this year is a reissue/remaster project for my old band, Hallelujah Picassos. We've been having regular get togethers, and we've sorted the track listing, but deciding on the artwork is taking a little while - that's typical for us, the way. Same thing happened back in the day too. Arty buggers. Just look at the name.


Clap Your Hands was the first release of ours that came out on vinyl, thanks to Trevor Reekie at Pagan Records picking it for his compilation, Positive Vibrations, in 1989. We recorded this in a manic one day session at Airforce studios, along with a bunch of other tunes, which we released as a cassette only release called Taxi Driver.

Bobbylon and Roland had done some work as painters and plasterers at Airforce before it opened, and they got paid in studio time.  This song was very popular on student radio, back in the day, which how Trevor heard it, I'm picking. I've added some pics to go with the audio, watch out for the band portraits done by the late Martin Emond, which came from our second album, Drinking With Judas. I made a video for it at the time, thanks to Mark Tierney and the music show CV (RWP's replacement). They gave me some free film stock, processing and editing too. Grand cost of the video was $138 - to pay the cameraman, and buy fish n chips for cast and crew. Wish I had a copy of it.

Bassweight film on tonight

As part of the "ThisCulture" film series we are proud to present the NZ premiere of "Bassweight". 


Bassweight is the first feature documentary that gives you an insight into the birth, growth and success of Dubstep music. See the trailer below.

"From the very start in Croydon, through to a recognised global culture, Bassweight provides a timeline of information via some of the most important exponents from this ever expanding scene.
Featuring in-depth interviews with the genre’s true ambassadors around the world including; Skream and Benga, Kode 9, Plastician and BBC Radio 1 DJ, Mary Anne Hobbs. Each reflect on their personal journey and provide thought on maintaining Dubstep at the forefront of dance music. With intimate imagery from Europe, Japan and Brazil, Bassweight is a unique stylised music documentary celebrating the art form that is Dubstep."
September 16th - Khuja Lounge, Auckland - 8pm
$10 entry - DJ support from Jason Howson






www.thisculture.com & www.facebook.com/thisculture for more info.

Wellington screening thanks to Audio Cinema on Sept 25th, check Facebook for full details
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151972921487919&ref=ts

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Woop woop! It's the sound of the police


Cut Chemist has a life-size R2D2 in his home, and lots of autographed photos of his heroes, including Bob Dylan. He constructed his latest album, a mix cd called Sound of the Police with just one turntable. Read this cool interview from LA Weekly here.  Excerpt below...

"... It makes me happy that everybody appreciates DJs enough to wanna be one. Absolutely, that makes me happy. What doesn't make me happy is my perception that people seem to appreciate specific DJs less or are willing to support DJs less because they are themselves one.

Like, "Oh, I don't need to go check him out, or maybe I don't need to hire him because I hired this person to be the DJ." Or, "I can do it: I'm a DJ." So, the more DJs there are, the less demand there is. That's just basic supply and demand: The jobs have become less for me now that there are more DJs.

I don't think that's an accident, and it's harder for me to get people to listen to what my niche is because it's very different from what all these other DJs have been doing. You know, I'm not a Top 40 DJ. I consider myself more like a performance artist, and in an age when there are so many DJs, it's harder to recognize a DJ as a performance artist.

...  I'm not just behind two decks, but actually making music with different things, performing with different elements, you know, something hopefully captivating."

See sidebar: Four crucial records at the core of the Sound of the Police album.

Free sample of the album below, at Bandcamp. Bonus - go to Cut Chemist's website, and watch the video called Cut Chemist Goes Digging. Niceness. Might have to post it too.

<a href="http://cutchemist.bandcamp.com/track/adidas-to-addis">Adidas to Addis by Cut Chemist</a>

Sun aint shining


If you are a musician who is writing and recording original material, work for hire is possibly the worst kind of contract you could sign with a record company. The more money they give you, the more rights you will have to sign away to your music. The best situation is to get a contract where all the rights to your music revert to you after a certain time period. Read this story about Bob Marley and his family and learn, kids.


Bob Marley Family Loses Case Over Hit Records, from Billboard.

"Bob Marley's family lost a lawsuit seeking the copyrights to several of the late Jamaican reggae singer's best-known recordings.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said the UMG Recordings unit of Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group is the rightful owner of copyrights to five albums that Marley had recorded between 1973 and 1977 for Island Records.

The albums "Catch a Fire," "Burnin'," "Natty Dread," "Rastaman Vibrations" and "Exodus" were recorded with Marley's band The Wailers. They include some of Marley's best-known songs, including "Get Up, Stand Up," "I Shot the Sheriff," "No Woman, No Cry" and "One Love." Marley died of cancer in 1981 at age 36.

Friday night's ruling is a defeat for Marley's widow Rita and nine children who had sought to recover millions of dollars in damages over UMG's effort to "exploit" what they called "the quintessential Bob Marley sound recordings."

L. Peter Parcher and Peter Shukat, who are lawyers for the family, did not immediately return calls seeking comment. UMG spokesman Peter LoFrumento said the company is pleased with Cote's ruling.

Marley's family accused UMG of intentionally withholding royalties from their company Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd, and ignoring a 1995 agreement assigning them rights under the original recording agreements, court papers show.

It also accused UMG of failing as required to consult with them on key licensing decisions, including the use of Marley's music as "ringtones" on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile phones, the papers show.


But Cote concluded that Marley's recordings were "works made for hire" as defined under U.S. copyright law, entitling UMG to be designated the owner of those recordings, for both the initial 28-year copyright terms and for renewals. [my bold]

"Each of the agreements provided that the sound recordings were the 'absolute property' of Island," Cote wrote. "Whether Marley would have recorded his music even if he had not entered the recording agreements with Island is beside the point."

She added that it was irrelevant that Marley might have maintained artistic control over the recording process. What mattered, she said, was that Island had a contractual "right" to accept or reject what he produced.

Cote also denied the Marley family's request for a ruling upholding its claims over digital downloads, citing ambiguity in a 1992 royalties agreement.  She directed the parties to enter court-supervised settlement talks, and scheduled an October 29 conference.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Earliest known footage of Jimi Hendrix playing guitar

Spotted at Dangerous Minds. From 1965, the song is “Shotgun” and the TV show, televised on Nashville’s Channel 5 WLAC-TV, was called Night Train. Singing duo is Buddy and Stacy, and Jimi is part of the Crown Jewels, Little Richard’s back-up band.

You down with #ogb?


The Orcon Great Blend returned last Friday, this time at the magnificent Wintergarden venue in the Civic Theatre, a criminally underused space. The lineup included music, some collaborations (Askew vs Karl Maughan  - street art meets high art and wins) and some fine conversation. First up was host Russell Brown interviewing music impresario Simon Grigg onstage.

Simon talked about starting the Suburban Reptiles - he was originally planning on starting a jazz band with a mate, but then he saw the Sex Pistols and he told his mate "forget the jazz band, we're starting a punk band". Simon said that the punk explosion was fuelled by Mr Asia heroin too, among other drugs.

Russell asked about the huge influx of bands from the North Shore in the early 80s, like the Screaming Meemees, who Simon managed and also released their hit record, See Me Go on his label Propellor. Simon put it down to an influx of Shore kids discovering punk and new wave and coming into the city. Smart kids leave the Shore.



Simon is currently writing a book on OMC  - he's writing the story of the record How Bizarre. He says that it will probably upset some people. And Russell had to ask - Where did all the money go? Simon's reply - Pauly spent it. He was very generous, buying houses, paying off mortgages, buying cars for people. I remember hearing about Pauly getting into Brazilian music, and decided to take off to Brazil with 6 of his mates to go record buying.

Then we had a comic book collaboration between Dylan Horrocks and Emily Perkins, which they read out aloud from the stage, very entertaining (they had copeis for sale later too, and they signed them - how lovely). Karl Maughan and Askew talked about their art collaboration, with Askew complimenting Karl's newfound skills with a spraycan. Welcome to the future, bro.



Silke Hartung and her uke and friends played a few songs, and then Simon Grigg got on the decks and played some splendid tunes. I'm still shocked that nobody bothered to get up and dance when he dropped Innerzone Orchestra's classic Bug in the bassbin. The dancefloor eventually filled out, thanks to some classic funk and soul, not a million miles away from a classic night at Cause Celebre/Box.  Even Russell danced. Excellent night out! Thanks to all involved. 

Suzi also blogged about the event at Kiss My Arts. And check Askew's blog too for video of their collabration.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sept 11

Steve Stanley - Binghi riddim - dub version
Noiseshasper - Only redeemer - G Corp remix
The Maytals - Night and day
Sweetie Irie - Slim body girl
Apeanaut - Fever
Chancha via curcuito - Rio arriba
Fink - Sort of revolution - Sideshow dub
Patea Maori Club - Poi e
House party - Dangerous love - dance mix
Hugh Masekela - Don't go lose it baby - Stretch mix
Foster Sylvers - Misdemeanor
James Brown - Feelin James - Danny Krivit edit
Quantic - Cumbia sobre el mar
Wganda Kenya - Pim pom
El Michels affair - Red rooster
Keith Mansfield - Crash course
Willie Bobo - Evil ways - Karriem Riggins remix
Magic circle express - Magic fever
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Better things to do
Joy Denalane - Changes
Ardijah - Which way is up
Eru Dangerspiel - Chilli moules
Oddisee - When everything changed
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Di da rog muka ja mahi - Pinch remix
RSD - Forward youth
LV - Turn away

Friday, September 10, 2010

Christchurch post-shake,rattle n roll

Spotted over at Amplifier's site, also Ed Muzik has a good roundup of how Chch music scene is doing post-earthquake.

"Its been a hectic few days around the Christchurch's venues with bands making alternative arrangements and several shows being cancelled.

Details are still coming in regarding damage but the following venues are closed or under repair:

The Bedford
The Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Harbourlight, Lyttelton
The Repertory Theatre
Goodbye Blue Monday
The Octagon.

The venues that seem to have survived are:

The Theatre Royal
Al's Bar
The Dux - update, closed tonight (wednesday) due to damge from after shocks
El Santo
The Loons
Town Hall (tbc)
AMI Stadium.

MAINZ classes have been suspended until Sept 20th.

The Uni of Canterbury is closed til 13th Sept.

The CSM and the Music Centre building have been given the all clear and re open for lessons as normal from Tuesday 7th Sept. There has been some minor damage to some parts of the roof and so pedestrian access is via the door off Ferry Road (through the gate). Also, there will be no car parking available on site until some rubble has been cleared away. CPIT is closed for a week.

For more on what venues have been damanged or remain unharmed check the Chart website

Direct links to exisitng stories:
CHART: music venues unharmed
CHART Music Venues Suffer Earthquake Damage
Ed Muzik blogpost: Music venues in the central city

Please note due to the continuing aftershocks this information could change quickly, if you're unsure of a shows status please contact the relevant venue and/or tune into your local radios stations such as RDU for updates and be safe."

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

DJ Mitsu The Beats at the Turnaround


The last Japanese guest at the Turnaround was DJ Kentaro, and he was incredible. Mitsu promises to be just as exciting, Don't miss it!

DJ Mitsu, with Taro "Wassupski" Kesen (Jazzy Sport), September 24 at The Bacco Room, Nelson St. w/ support from: Julien Dyne (LIVE) ft Riki Gooch & Parks; and the Turnaround crew - Manuel Bundy, Submariner, Cian.

"Mini & Tiger Translate proudly present alongside The Turnaround for the first time in New Zealand, acclaimed Japanese DJ, musician and producer DJ Mitsu The Beats.

Fresh from releasing his third solo album Universal Force (PlanetGroove) in Japan, DJ Mitsu The Beats hits Aotearoa on his first visit down under, following in the footsteps of countryman and label mate Grooveman Spot who tore up clubs in Auckland and Wellington exactly one year ago. Having made a name for himself internationally with productions and remixes under his own name and as producer for hyped Japanese hip-hop group GAGLE, Mitsu comes correct with a special blend of deep-dug soul, jazz and funk breaks, hip-hop and future beats.

Joining Mitsu for two exclusive tour dates in Auckland and Wellington will be Taro "Wassupski" Kesen, head of Tokyo's influential record store/label/movement Jazzy Sport. Local support comes from Julien Dyne playing live with Riki Gooch & Parks, plus your hosts as always - Manuel Bundy, Submariner & Cian.

Come check one of the dopest Japanese DJ/producers of the past decade...

Presale tickets $30+bf from Conch Records, 115a Ponsonby Rd, AK
www.conch.co.nz Ph 09 3601999. Check www.conch.co.nz/word for audio and information.


My photo animation of Kentaro at The Turnaround, music from Kentaro's remix of Kunta Kinte, classic reggae tune.

Bed Intruder song



The NY Times has an interesting story on the Gregory Brothers a Brooklyn band who lifted a clip off a tv news item, autotuned it, andf turned it into a bonafide chart hit - From Viral Video to Billboard 100.

"The song’s source material could not have been more unlikely: A local TV news report from Huntsville, Ala., about an intruder who climbed into a woman’s bed and tried to assault her.

But with some clever editing and the use of software that can turn speech into singing, the Gregory Brothers ... transformed an animated and angry rant by the victim’s brother into something genuinely catchy.

The resulting track, “Bed Intruder Song,” has sold more than 91,000 copies on iTunes, and last week it was at No. 39 on the iTunes singles chart. Its video has been viewed more than 16 million times on YouTube.

Russ Crupnick, an analyst at NPD, said the song’s success pointed to a shift in how music is shared and discovered. Around 70 million Americans buy a CD each year, he said, which is on par with the number of people who are now listening to and finding new music on YouTube.

Some of the group’s online traction stems from the way they turn their songs into viral video franchises by posting the chords and lyrics and encouraging others to create their own versions of the songs, said Kenyatta Cheese, one of the creators of a Web video series called “Know Your Meme” that documents online phenomena.

“They made it more participatory, which increases the value of their original work,” Mr. Cheese said. “They embraced the remix culture and understood they have to contribute back in order to make it spread even further.”


The group's previous successes with videos include the Autotune the news series, and the double rainbow song (featured below, plus original)


Double rainbow- original




Double rainbow song

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

DMC visits Hollis, Queens



from The Wall Street Journals WalkAbout NY series, DMC giving a tour of his old Hollis neighbourhood... seriously cool vid.  Hat tip The Couch Sessions

Sha Rock autobiography

Sha Rock - autobiography of the 1st female hiphop MC...
You can buy The Story Of The Beginning and End Of The First Hip Hop Female MC...Luminary Icon by Sha-Rock of The Funky Four Plus One on Amazon. Hat tip to Diff Kitchen

YMO Tighten up

Yellow Magic Orchestra on Soul Train, doing Tighten up, the Archie Bell & the Drells tune. Check out the random dancing Japanese dude in suit. And the interview at the end is pretty funny. Hat tip to my fellow BaseFM DJ Nabeel for this. Killer.



Bonus - footage from YMO's first US gig, at the Greek Theatre, complete with cheesy MC's intro.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Rap map


Via Sedgwick and Cedar blog: "This new Google Maps-based web app called The Rap Map shows placemarks for major locations in Hip Hop. From Mos Def’s childhood home in Brooklyn to 2Pac’s Elementary school in Baltimore, the map is slowly expanding it’s reach as users suggest locations. The app was created by Rap Genius, a website dedicated to the history, meanings and stories rooted in Hip Hop lyrics."

Essential Mixes

From the BBC Essential Mixes show, archives going back to 1993. Search by genre, stream or download, plus full track listing. Carl Cox, Greg Wilson, Mr Scruff, Norman Jay, Freddy Fresh, Andrew Weatherall, Daft Punk, Danny Krivit... all sorts.... Check it out here.

John Morales


Just came across this cool blog called Nerdy Frames, go have a look. There's a great interview with local talent Zowie (hat tip to Trevor for the link).

They also have a very cool interview with New York DJ and producer John Morales, who had a  bunch of his edits reissued earlier this year on BBE (pictured above).

IV excerpt... "In 1975, being a DJ , I realized that I wanted to make some of the records I liked to play longer in time. It was then that I saved my money and bought my first reel-to-reel tape and cassette recorder, which I still have today. The first re-edits I did were using the pause button on the cassette.




"I learned to edit tape after many hours of trial and error. In so doing, I became an expert on how and where to cut the tape to create all the effects I wanted. After editing several records to make them longer, I realized that I could achieve the same effect by mixing parts from different records. Thus, the basis for the medley was born.

"And the place to go get the edits mixes pressed was Sunshine Sound at 1650 Broadway in NY. For the next few years this is where I met many NY DJ’s and also met Greg Carmichael & Patrick Adams who gave me my start in the studio."


 

Read Nerdy Frame's John Morales interview here. There's also a free download of Universal Robot Band’s “Barely Breaking Even (Club Version)” at the end of the IV too.

Good Records NYC

Photo: Sarah DuBoys/Wax Poetics

Jonny Sklute (alternatively known under the handle Jonny Paycheck), [is] owner, clerk, and CEO of Good Records NYC... A risk management broker turned record dealer, Sklute launched his storefront venture in 2005, right alongside the storied and busy market of East Village/Lower East Side record stores: A-1, the Sound Library, Gimme Gimme.

In keeping your inventory as sleek and clean as the store, where do all of these records that are near mint thirty years later come from?

Records are everywhere. They are the effects of previous lives and lifestyles, sometimes filed away without a thought or played heavily. Records are kept near mint because either the owner didn't care about them at all or cared about them a whole lot.

Read the interview in full at Wax Poetics. 

Soul train



Read an interview with Soul Train's Don Cornelius here, at LA Times.He talks about the release of the 9-DVD set The Best Of Soul Train.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Google Music by xmas

That's according to this report from Hypebot. "Google is in final stage talks with labels to open a download store and a cloud-based song locker that would allow mobile users to play songs wherever they are. Google hopes to open its new music service before Christmas. Some label executives believe that Google Music will become the first real competitor to iTunes."

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sept 4

Derrick Morgan - I'm the rulerViceroys - Give it to him
Austin Faithful - I'm in a rocking mood
Dennis Bovell - Jah jah children - melodica version
Ragga twins - Shine eye
Issac Hayes - Zeke the freak - Todd Terje edit
Astrid Gilberto  -Black magic - Todd Terje edit
Fatback band - Wicky wacky
Ealzee - barefoot dub
Improvisators dub meets iration steppas - Wah wah 12" mix
Resonators - Sweet dub affair
Augustus Pablo - Iggy Iggy
Damian Marley  - Move
Ian Hird and Nambo - Universal horns
Fat freddys drop - The raft steppers dub
Barrington Levy - No fus nor fight
Kenny Dope - Supa
Dynamo productions - Breaking a channel
The Jackson sisters - I believe in miracles (remix)
Bill Withers - You got the stuff
Lyn Collins  - Mr bigstuff
Ernie K Doe - Her come the girls - Andy Smith and K5 reboot
Tyra and the tornadoes - Hui hui
Eru Dangerspiel - Chilli moules
El Michels affair -Yennecita
Naomi Shelton and the gospel queens - Trouble in my way
New mastersounds - Nervous  - Kenny Dope bonus beats remix
Lefties soul connection - Have love will travel
Unitone hifi - Sneeze off
Frankie Paul - Anytime

Friday, September 03, 2010

Bristol boom!

Copped these wicked tunes via Stinky Jim's blog Stink Inc (cheers, ears!) from Bristol beat bandito (as Jim calls him) Ealzee. Have a listen, then go grab them. He's also got remixes of MIA, Horace Andy, The Streets, and Matisyahu over on his Bandcampery. And if you like em, drop Ealzee a line - his email addy is listed under "For other inquiries" on the Bandcamp page.

Ealzee 'Remixes' from bandcamp

<a href="http://ealzee.bandcamp.com/track/fat-bird-dub-ft-ranking-dread">Fat Bird Dub (ft. Ranking Dread) by Ealzee</a>


<a href="http://ealzee.bandcamp.com/track/awake-ft-janaka-selekta">Awake (ft. Janaka Selekta) by Ealzee</a>

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Look! It's the vinyl revival ! (Story #280)

If you're a regular visitor, you'll know how much I love this story. It's like the universal MSM  easy-pitch on the music industry, and it's a pleasant antidote to the usual "music industry is dying" stories from the media, which are often read as smug "look how bad they've got it" from an industry that is going thru difficult times too.

This story is from Oshawa, north of Toronto. Watch the video too - "We asked some civic leaders to tell us about the their first vinyl record they bought..." First up, the mayor. Choice.

Why does Oshawa local Connor Steele like vinyl? "I can keep them forever and I can pass them on to my children. Instead of downloading music, this is the real thing; the quality is better." Connor is 12. 
The beat goes on in Durham Region.


ADDED: Vinyl LP Manufacturing Continues to Increase

Freaky deaky

Wicked new video from Julien Dyne (Open Souls) off his debut solo album, Pins and Digits. Video by Mark Trethewey.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Fitz and the Tantrums live

After seeing this clip, I've decided to buy a lotto ticket this week, and when I win a gazillion dollars, the first thing I'm gonna do is buy a plane ticket to Los Angeles and go and see Fitz and the Tantrums play live. These folk are phenomenally good. (Source)



Free download of their tune Moneygrabber...

Fitz and The Tantrums - Money Grabber by The Clothes Hangar

Tally ho!

Sounds interesting... "A discussion on the future of music distribution, particularly in relation to the possibilities of the online environment, will take place at the Adam Art Gallery in Wellington next Wednesday September 1 (6 - 8pm). Speakers include Roger Shepherd of Flying Nun Records, Annabel Youens and Jeff Mitchell from MusicHype, music critic Simon Sweetman and several other Wellington-based independent music agents. The event will workshop ideas and provide practical tools to consider the role of the record label now." Via NZ Musician.

Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington
Gate 3, Kelburn Parade. Next to the Student Union Building
Wednesday 1 September 20106-8pm. Refreshments provided.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Guns of Brixton


The downside of affordable technology is mediocrity - Don Letts, from The Guardian - This Much I Know. Few excerpts...

Everything I learned about my culture came through reggae. The first time I heard about [political activist] Marcus Garvey was through music, not school.

I gave a lecture last week and the kids in the audience said, "Don, you sound like an angry old man." I said, "It's because you kids aren't bloody angry enough."

Hat tip to P-Money for the link via Twitter.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Aug 28

Love Unlimited orchestra - King kong -Danny Krivit edit
Speedometer - Work it out - Beatfanatic remix
Shannon - Let the music play
Colman Borthers - She who dares - lounge mix
Seu Jorge and Almaz - The model
Augustus Pablo - Aquarius rock
Prince Jammy - Interboro dub
Brando - Conquering lion - Binghi riddim
Steven Stanley feat Skully - Dub version - Binghi riddim
Dark Angel - People come to
Jay Z at Studio One - Dirt off the shoulder
Jean Jacques Perrey and Luke Vibert - Ye olde beatbox
Sola rosa - Lady love - Bigga Bush version
Phillip Cohran and the artistic heritage ensemble - New frankiphone blues
Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics - Cha cha
Pharoah roche - Sun of a beach - London mix
Fitz and the tantrums - Money grabber
Belleruche - 56% proof
Gil Scott Heron - Lady Day and John Coltrane
Johnny Hammond Smith - Fantasy
Reverso 68 - Piece together - Todd Terje mix
Shad - Yaa I get it
J Rawls - Lee Morgan story
Joi - Hurts sometimes
Piero Umiliani - Truck driver
Freddie Kruger - Something good

Skateboarders from hell!

Spotted this mad clip on legendary photographer Glen E Friedman's blog  - also go read his post on the mosque protesters in New York and how he and his friend Russell Simmons put up some controversial posters to counter them.... "This was warrented by all the insanity surrounding the proposed building of a new Muslim mosque about six blocks away from "Ground Zero" (never mind that there is already a mosque two blocks away from Ground Zero already, for 40 years)..."

Friday, August 27, 2010

Money grabber

Fitz and the Tantrums hail from Los Angeles, and serve up a healthy dose of Motown shimmer and soul swagger. Their debut album has just dropped, check this....



Get the album "Pickin' Up The Pieces" here: http://www.fitzandthetantrums.com/store
AND there's a free download of Moneygrabber on their site here. Check out some more info on the band (audio, videos) at Flavourwire.

Here's the band playing live...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Happy birthday!

My blog turns seven today. Wow.

Open Souls get cheesy

The Open Souls drop a mad-ass 80s remix of their tune Dollars, off the latest album from this splendid kiwi combo, Standing In The Rain. Not a million miles away from the choice dance sequence in the film Boy....

Rock the casbah


Stumbled on this while looking for Todd Terje edits, as you do...  really nice edit of Rock the Casbah by The Clash, lotsa percussion and sax. Check it here

Bonus points - Mustapha dance (the original instrumental mix of Rock the Casbah)

Edit by Mr Krivit




Danny Krivit discussing the art of the edit. Can't wait to hear the new Strut comp from him - Edits By Mr. K Vol. 2 (out Sept 14) Track lists looks killer too.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Shad

Straight outta Canada, check this cat out... woah.



Free download of the above tune via RCD LBL here. And then there's the Oddisee remix too.
Shad Myspace. Check his official site too, nice blog styles. His album gets US release October 5, hopefully further afield too.

Check this 2nd video, hat tip to the Pharcyde...


Monday, August 23, 2010

Hey Jim. How do you spell New York?


I posted a clip from Jim Jarmusch's film Coffee and Cigarettes the other day - it features GZA, RZA and Bill Murray. Pitchfork have put up an interview with Jarmusch to coincide with him curating a day at All Tomorows Party NYC.

He talks about working with musicianas as actors in his films...

"... They were all very focused, and it was really a pleasure. I never had any trouble with any of them. Even Wu-Tang showed up on time. They were great. In fact, we were shooting Coffee and Cigarettes, and we were actually waiting for Bill Murray. He was only half an hour late. That was pretty amazing."


He also talks about his friendship with the late Rammellzee, and his upcoming projects  - such as a documentary on the Stooges... "There's no rush on it, but it's something that Iggy asked me to do. I'm co-writing an "opera." It won't be a traditional opera, but it'll be about the inventor Nikola Tesla, with the composer Phil Klein." He also has another film ready to shoot soon.

And my fave quote -  "There's a rule in my household that if Iggy is playing anywhere within 90 miles, we go". Great rule.


BONUS VIDEO: Pitchfork has footage of Jim Jarmusch, Bradford Cox, and No Age's Randy Randall playing Cortez the Killer.

Funky drummer!!!

Clyde “Funky Drummer” Stubblefield playing and being interviewed by Marley Marl (HT Diff Kitchen)  - DAMN! Funky ass shit.

Mark de Clive Lowe - live



MdCL and Sy Smith live in Washington DC last month. Kills it.
Hat tip to Potholes in my blog.

Protect ya neck, busker styles



Lewis Floyd Henry, London.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Making of OutKast's Aquemini


Track by track... read it here...


"By the time Aquemini was due to drop in the fall of 1998, no one knew what to expect from the-soon-to-be-iconic OutKast....

...Now that the Dirty South rules the world, it's easy to forget that Aquemini was the first Southern hip-hop album to earn the coveted five-mic rating from the former bible of the genre, The Source magazine.

At the time, R&B was dead, rap was on its last leg (R.I.P. Biggie and Pac), and Bill Clinton was in the Oval Office getting some head. But it mattered not. If post-soul polemics and pre-millennial angst had the world in a funk, Aquemini only made things funkier..."


snip... "Liberation" feat. Erykah Badu, Cee-Lo, Big Rube, Joi, Myrna "Skreechy Peach" Brown.

"... that [song featured] Erykah, Big Rube, Cee-Lo - again random occurrences. Dre's baby mama was Erykah Badu. I mean, damn, why wouldn't you put your baby mama on the record if she's Erykah Badu? It's not like he came to the studio and said, 'I want to put my girl on the song,' and this bitch work at the Varsity. She's Erykah Badu. Okay, do it."

The web is dead - long live the internet


Thats' the attention-grabbing headline from a Wired magazine story by Chris Anderson (author of The Long Tail) and Michael Wolff and it's delightfully provocative...

The Wired issue bases itself around that theme, and if you need an antidote to the waffle preached there, have a read of What's wrong with 'X is dead' from The Atlantic.

They observe that "The problem is Anderson's assumption about the way technology works. Serious technology scholars long ago discarded the idea that tech was just a series of increasingly awesomer things that successively displace each other. Australian historian Carroll Pursell, in reviewing Imperial College London professor David Edgerton's The Shock of the Old, summarized the academic thinking nicely:


An obsession with 'innovation' leads to a tidy timeline of progress, focusing on iconic machines, but an investigation of 'technology in use' reveals that some 'things' appear, disappear, and reappear...

And they close by noting that "Anderson's inevitable technological path [described in the article] happens to run perfectly through the domains (print/tablet) he controls at Wired, and away from the one that he doesn't." Funny that.

Best response I've seen tho was this one via Twitter from @ironicsans: “Just got my Web Is Dead issue of Wired. It came several days after I read all about it plus pro and con arguments and analyses. On the web."

80 blocks from Tiffanys



via Groovement: "Director Gary Weis’ 1979 documentary about the South Bronx and its gang culture, previously unavailable on DVD, will be released in the Autumn of 2010, the first time it has been offered to the public in decades, and will be accompanied by a handful of exciting bonus features.

Gary Weis was still working as a short film creator for Saturday Night Live when he came up with the idea for 80 Blocks after reading a Jon Bradshaw article, “Savage Skulls.” Published in a 1977 issue of Esquire Magazine, the piece centered on two gangs based in the South Bronx at the time — the Savage Nomads and the Savage Skulls. Weis became infatuated with the story and, soon after striking up a dialogue with Bradshaw, he convinced SNL producer Lorne Michaels to help him produce the film. Just two years later, in 1979, Weis and Bradshaw brought a camera crew to speak with members of both gangs, along with police officers, community activists, and civilians."

Indie record labels branch out

Photo: Uli Seit for The New York Times

This story in the New York Times talks about several indie labels taking on film distribution, both as small cinema runs and on DVD. The approach is similar to how the lables operate... "stay small and informal, know your audience, and put out stuff you like." Excerpt below...

"... This summer, Drag City, a Chicago label, distributed “Trash Humpers,” the fifth feature by Harmony Korine (the screenwriter of Larry Clark’s “Kids”). “We were very glad to take it on,” said Rian Murphy, Drag City’s sales director, “because it is something new and different, and we like that kind of thing, and because it doesn’t have to do with the record business right now, which is kind of in a bummer.” Drag City, which represents musicians like Joanna Newsom and Silver Jews, bought prints of the film and “made sure they were in constant motion” around the country.

“Trash Humpers” was “not held to the traditional channels for distributing a movie,” Mr. Murphy said, “because we don’t know what those are.”

He added: “If someone emails us, and they’re not a complete lunatic, or if they are a complete lunatic, and they have money and a screen....”

As a result, the film has played at a beer bar in Chattanooga, Tenn., a bookstore in Houston and the George Eastman House in Rochester, extending its life beyond the art house. (How many screens? Mr. Murphy didn’t know; the company barely even signs contracts with its artists. “It changes the atmosphere,” he said.) The “Trash Humpers” DVD is due in September.

RZA, GZA, Bill Murray

Love this movie. Coffee and Cigarettes, by Jim Jarmusch.